Belkin RT3200/Linksys E8450 WiFi AX discussion

I now there isn't a clear guide, but if you go the easy way of installing UBI with Daniel's method (https://github.com/dangowrt/linksys-e8450-openwrt-installer), you'll end with only the bootchain backup (factory partitions mtd0...mtd4) packed in mtd0, mtd1 and mtd2 files (here is the partition structure - https://openwrt.org/toh/linksys/e8450 and see how they match). If you want to have a backup of all factory partitions, according to the "manual" instructions from here https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt/openwrt.git;a=commit;h=02351861824a13ed158db1ef59aede2db6ba7568 you need to boot from the recovery image (NOT the installer). I don't know about the recovery capabilities of the original factory U-Boot and if can be used to debrick a router only by putting back the bootchain (factory mtd0, 1, 2, 3 - factory mtd4 was not affected in my case, that means only mtd0 and mtd1 are needed from the UBI backup) then serving the original firmware by tftp. If there is such method (like in atheros based routers) then you don't need a serial. But who is willing to experiment or enlighten us what are the capabilities of the original U-Boot?

Apologies, as this has undoubtedly been answered somewhere in this thread (probably even many times), but what exactly is the benefit of using the dangowrt installer and replacing the UBI? A “disadvantageous flash layout” with stock doesn’t mean much to me

Edit: Never mind, found the answer: https://github.com/dangowrt/linksys-e8450-openwrt-installer/issues/9

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Thanks! Just grabbed one. Max per order is one.

Should I install the v0.6.0 sysupgrade before using future snapshots from openwrt website?

I do not know wtf the I did. I fallowed what I thought was the correct way to fallow Daniels guide. Which was to download the files. Which there are three of them. Then I fallowed these directions flashing the files it says to flash. Now I am stuck in initramfs and cannot get an a snapshot to install.

I flashed openwrt-mediatek-mt7622-linksys_e8450-ubi-initramfs-recovery-installer.itb
Then flashed openwrt-mediatek-mt7622-linksys_e8450-ubi-sysupgrade.itb

The third file ubi-initramfs-recovery.itb what is it used for? No where does it say anything about it.

I just want the latest stable firmware installed. Not a snapshot because it says they are largely untested. Can I get some help doing this please?

he doesn"t have a non snapshot for the moment ...

you are make correctly first recovery install then like you say sysuprade.itb
maybe november a stable release but note sure

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So to go from stock to OpenWRT I just need to flash those two files reboot and thats it? I am done?

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yes exactly

fisrt files via gui on belkin or linskys

openwrt-mediatek-mt7622-linksys_e8450-ubi-initramfs-recovery-installer.itb

then you are an openwrt blue then only you flashed the second snapshot

the last = 9412

edit: @Psychedelic look this screen please

I am on this firmware OpenWrt SNAPSHOT r17758-b118efa0d2

I have only flashed the files from Daniels guide that is it.

if you only flash daniel's firmwares you do not have access to the latest kernel to download packages for example snapshot means that you no longer have luci during installation

you must do via putty

opkg update
opkg install luci

Yes I know how to flash snapshots. So should I download and flash the latest snapshot or stay where I am?

yes otherwise you will have this kind of message each for essential packages

Capture d’écran 2021-10-22 à 00.13.25

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Yep I noticed this when I tried to install luci-upnp. Thanks for your help. I will download the latest snapshot now.

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Opps when I try to install it wants me to force update. Is it okay to do so?
mediatek_mt7622-rfb1-ubi-squashfs-sysupgrade.bin

yes normal

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I flash it and now it says I am in System running in recovery (initramfs) mode again wtf.

Capture d’écran 2021-10-22 à 00.43.25

and finish :slight_smile:

root@OpenWrt:~# opkg update
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/mediatek/mt7622/packages/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_core
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/mediatek/mt7622/packages/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/base/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_base
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/base/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/mediatek/mt7622/kmods/5.10.72-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_kmods
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/mediatek/mt7622/kmods/5.10.72-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/luci/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_luci
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/luci/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/packages/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_packages
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/packages/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/routing/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_routing
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/routing/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/telephony/Packages.gz
Updated list of available packages in /var/opkg-lists/openwrt_telephony
Downloading https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/packages/aarch64_cortex-a53/telephony/Packages.sig
Signature check passed.
root@OpenWrt:~# opkg install luci
Package luci (git-20.074.84698-ead5e81) installed in root is up to date.
Collected errors:
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-nf-reject
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-nf-ipt
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-ipt-core
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-nf-conntrack
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-ipt-conntrack
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-nf-conntrack6
 * pkg_hash_check_unresolved: cannot find dependency kernel (= 5.10.75-1-a3398c593d3440164c247a13bc67d164) for kmod-nf-nat
root@OpenWrt:~#

ok so you have don't flashed the last version ...!!!

https://downloads.openwrt.org/snapshots/targets/mediatek/mt7622/

please check the list

and download